Memorial Day is a day in which everyone comes together for the remembrance of our military men and women who sacrificed everything for us.
According to the Congressional Research Service, there have been 567,079 military deaths resulting from being killed in action in all the wars and conflicts.
539 of those men and women were laid to rest in either Mountain View Cemetery or Oak Hill Cemeteries. There are 429 military veterans buried at Mountain View and 105 veterans at Oak Hill. Every grave that the Legion is aware of has a U.S. flag on that grave.
Why is this important? Because on May 31, Memorial Day, Post 30 will again honor these men and women with events in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville.
Although restrictions due to COVID-19 were partially lifted, there was not enough time to put together a formal parade in remembrance to the day. However, Post 30 will still perform ceremonies in the towns of Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville.
Memorial Day stops are as follows and all times are approximate. If you wish to attend any of the ceremonies, please plan accordingly to be present for the ceremony.
The schedule for the ceremonies is the following:
9 a.m. – Camden Public Landing (harbor) with prayer, wreath laying, Taps and volley salute.
9:10 a.m. - Travel to Conway Memorial for wreath laying, Taps.
9:20 a.m. - Color Guard march on Route 1 to the Village Green, enter and form at the Veterans Honor Roll. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps and volley salute.
9:30 a.m. - Color Guard march from the Village Green up Main Street to the Civil War and Spanish American War Memorials. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps, volley salute.
9:45 a.m. - Van ride* to Mountain View Cemetery and form at the American flag. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps and volley salute.
10:00 a.m. - Van ride to the Rockport War Memorial. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps.
10:10 a.m. - Van ride to the Goose River Bridge. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps, volley salute.
10:20 a.m. - Van ride to Amesbury Cemetery. Prayer, Wreath laying, Taps, volley salute.
11:00 a.m. - Van ride to the Lincolnville Memorial Park. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps, volley salute.
11:30 a.m. - Van ride to Lincolnville Beach/Frohock Bridge. Prayer, wreath laying, Taps, volley salute.
Sukeforth said he hopes people will still come out and attend some of the events mentioned and join with the Legion to remember our many men and women who sacrificed so much for their town, city, state and nation.
For more information, please call Jeff Sukeforth at 236-3310.
*Vans can only transport American Legion members